What is a Primary Source?

A Primary Source is an original document with first-hand knowledge. They were created by witnesses of an event or recorded at the time of event. Sometimes they are recorded later on, such as oral histories. 

A Primary Source can be:

  • A historical record
  • Government documents 
  • Letters, diaries, or personal papers 
  • Art or literature (poetry, novels, music, etc.) 
  • Autobiographies, memoirs, and  photographs;
  • Interviews (with transcripts)


  • Last Updated Jan 26, 2018
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  • Answered By Thobela Buyana

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